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By-Product Synergy Day demonstrates the power of collaboration!

NBIS’ By-Product Synergy Day, held January 22nd at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, was a highly productive learning and collaboration event. The program included two Materials Roundtables and a lunch forum that featured case examples of strategies for reducing waste, conserving resources and building strong companies.

The morning roundtable focused on hospital “blue” wrap. Participants included stakeholders from  local hospitals, medical supply distributers, waste and recycling haulers, commercial end users, city officials, and additional interested individuals. With these diverse perspectives present, we discussed the major challenge points along the stream of recycling sterilization wrap and identified solution-based initiatives that we will develop in follow-up meetings.

The lunch program, “Zero-Waste for Sustainable and Profitable Organizations,” featured three exemplary speakers and case examples: Michael Geller of Providence Health and Services, Oregon; Kim Dueringer of Romac Industries; and Bryant Esch of Waupaca Foundry Inc. Each spoke about their company’s initiatives to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources, and develop management systems for more profitable and sustainable organizations. Linda Dombrowski of the Duwamish tribe, welcomed BPS Day participants and gave an overview of the tribe’s history in Puget Sound and the cultural and political significance of the Longhouse building where we were meeting.

The afternoon roundtable centered on waste materials generated by metal casting manufacturers and steel mills, refractory brick and foundry sand in particular. We were pleased to have participants from the key stakeholder groups,  including manufacturers, concrete and cement companies, suppliers, industry associations, and state environmental regulators. The conversation focused on the challenges and opportunities surrounding Beneficial Reuse alternatives. Going forward, we’ll be focusing on sand reclamation, land applications, developing waste to product options and streamlining permitting.

We extend our thanks to all who participated and supported this event! We look forward to building on the information, ideas and energy that resulted from the meetings.